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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vanish \Van"ish\ (v[a^]n"[i^]sh), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Vanished} (v[a^]n"[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Vanishing}.] [OE. vanissen, OF. vanir (in comp.): cf. OF. envanir, esvanir, esvanu["i]r, F. s'['e]vanouir; fr. L. vanus empty, vain; cf. L. vanescere, evanescere, to vanish. See {Vain}, and cf. {Evanescent},{-ish}.]

1. To pass from a visible to an invisible state; to go out of sight; to disappear; to fade; as, vapor vanishes from the sight by being dissipated; a ship vanishes from the sight of spectators on land.

The horse vanished . . . out of sight. --Chaucer.

Go; vanish into air; away! --Shak.

The champions vanished from their posts with the speed of lightning. --Sir W. Scott.

Gliding from the twilight past to vanish among realities. --Hawthorne.

2. To be annihilated or lost; to pass away. "All these delights will vanish." --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vanishing \Van"ish*ing\, a. & n. from {Vanish}, v.

{Vanishing fraction} (Math.), a fraction which reduces to the form 0/0 for a particular value of the variable which enters it, usually in consequence of the existence of a common factor in both terms of the fraction, which factor becomes 0 for this particular value of the variable. --Math. Dict.

{Vanishing line} (Persp.), the intersection of the parallel of any original plane and the picture; one of the lines converging to the vanishing point.

{Vanishing point} (Persp.), the point to which all parallel lines in the same plane tend in the representation. --Gwilt.

{Vanishing stress} (Phon.), stress of voice upon the closing portion of a syllable. --Rush.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vanishing

noun

1: a sudden or mysterious disappearance

2: a sudden disappearance from sight


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